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Good lunch in Petaluma

roxie Mar 28, 2008 11:04 AM

Dear folks~MIL has major opthalmologist's appointment on Monday. She lives in Napa and loves good food. Where can we take her for lunch in Petlauma?

We love Volpe's but that's not the place for her.


  1. chocolateninja Mar 29, 2008 01:12 AM

    PlaceLinking. Also putting in a recommendation for Cafe Zazzle. (:

    Water Street Bistro
    100 Petaluma Blvd N Ste 106, Petaluma, CA 94952

    Dempsey's Restaurant & Brewery
    50 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA 94952

    Cucina Paradiso
    114 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

    Aram's Cafe
    131 Kentucky St, Petaluma, CA 94952

    5 Petaluma Blvd S Ste B, Petaluma, CA 94952

    1367 N McDowell Blvd Ste 150, Petaluma, CA 94954

    Banyan Tree
    20 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA 94952

    Cafe Zazzle
    121 Kentucky St, Petaluma, CA 94952

    1. m
      Mick Ruthven Mar 28, 2008 04:57 PM

      My favorite lunch place in Petaluma is Water Street Bistro. To me, it's a cross between a deli and a cafe and the food is great (owner/chef has credentials). I think it's open on Monday, but check. The menu is spread across multiple wall boards and it takes a while to absorb it all. It's right at the Petalma River and there's a patio for nice days.

      Water Street Bistro (faces Water Street)
      100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Suite 106 (at Western Avenue)

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      1. re: Mick Ruthven
        colby olds Mar 28, 2008 05:27 PM

        I completely agree with Mick--Water Street Bistro. Between the incredible soups and salads you can't go wrong. I was always very partial to the chicken muffuletta until Stephanie put a fantastic Reuben on the menu. You will not be disappointed.

        1. re: colby olds
          wineaux73 Mar 28, 2008 08:28 PM

          I've never eaten at Water Street Bistro myself, but I have heard raves from reliable sources that I know.

        2. re: Mick Ruthven
          PGB Mar 28, 2008 09:08 PM

          I also agree with Mick. The food is wonderful. Last time I ordered two bowls of soup, the first time that's ever happened. Water Street Bistro is a rarity and worth a long drive to get to.

        3. Scott M Mar 28, 2008 03:07 PM

          Eating out on Mondays is always an issue.
          Volpi's is closed for lunch on Monday anyway, but I am curious why its not for her?

          For Italian: Sugo, Cafe Giostra, or Cucina Paradiso.
          Sushi: Gohan
          Gastropub/microbrewery: Dempsey's
          Thai Food: Banyan Tree
          Mediterranean: Arams

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          1. re: Scott M
            wineaux73 Mar 28, 2008 04:02 PM

            I agree w/ Scott:

            Cucina Paradiso is pretty good.

            Dempsey's is good and fun too. Good beer.

          2. Robert Lauriston Mar 28, 2008 11:13 AM

            I'd go to Della Fattoria.

            Della Fattoria
            141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Robert Lauriston Mar 29, 2008 09:30 AM

              Oops, sorry, missed that it was Monday.

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